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Old 09-18-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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optical migraines

hello All

Was talking to an MD who told me it is very hard to treat optical migraine with diet as it is caused via vision. thought that was interesting as I've tried the migraine diet and it does not seem to do that much. Certain foods do feel like they aggravate but taking everything out does not seem to clear it up. Got me thinking that migraines causes by hormones are probably similar.

My head stuff feels very much visually induced, for example fans,, ceiling fans are like these looming large monsters that exist in buildings and room, and florescent lights the zombies :0)

Anyone else feel like their migraines are more visually provoked?


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Old 09-18-2008, 12:42 PM   #2
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Re: optical migraines

Hi Jade,

I'm not sure that I actually have migraines but I have noticed that visual stimulation can leave me feeling rather wonky; things like going to the movies and the casino leave me in a bad state, so I don't go any more.

I also feel considerably worse when it is very humid; if humidity is a trigger, unfortunately there's not much we can do about that, either.

I've been following (more or less) the migraine diet for about five weeks with no noticeable changes in symptoms. I don't know how much longer I'm going to stick to it if it doesn't seem to make a difference.


Old 09-19-2008, 12:28 AM   #3
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Re: optical migraines

Hi jade

I am wondering whether you are using the terminology 'optical migraine' to describe that migraine is visually provoked or that you mean opthalmic migraine which is a defunct term that just refers to having a visual aura prior to the headache/dizziness etc. (which is just called MA - Migraine with Aura).

Migraine (any variant) is often provoked by visual stimulation. There are papers out there about it - it is almost universally possible to provoke migraine in a migraineur using things like cycling striped patterns etc.

You are correct that some triggers are unavoidable though - hormones, weather and to some extent visual stimulation and stress.

Old 09-19-2008, 09:07 AM   #4
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Re: optical migraines

Thanks for the responses

Adam I meant migraine that is visually provoked (most of the time) which i have heard Dr call "optical". I think the Dr was basically saying the diet does not help reduce those triggers. I read so much different information about migraines its hard to make it out. it is hard to believe that you have migraine 24/7 worse at some points but always there.


Old 09-19-2008, 12:01 PM   #5
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Re: optical migraines

I find sunlight, especially when in a car can set me off.
When I get a really bad migraine, my speech is affected as well.

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